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Ephedra viridis Coville

Green Mormon tea, green ephedra, Indian tea

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionGnetophytaGymnospermous flowering plants; supposed link between conifers and flowering plants
ClassGnetopsidaWoody plants, most closely related to conifers
OrderEphedralesA monogeneric order of gymnosperms in the subdivision Gneticae
FamilyEphedraceaeMormon-tea or joint-fir Family
GenusEphedraFrom Greek name ephedra used by Pliny for the common mare’s tail (Hipparus) which it somewhat resembles

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Ephedra viridis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Ephedra viridis (green Mormon tea, green ephedra, Indian tea)

4/29/2018 · Red Spring Calico Basin, Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
≈ 14 × 18" (34 × 46 cm) ID is uncertain


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